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Eastern Newts (Red Efts) - Notophthalmus viridescens I found 2 small newts tucked into some rotting wood. They were being attacked by ants, yet weren&#039;t running away or fighting back. The larger of the two (on top), was pretty lethargic.  The one underneath was really tiny. <br />
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I know that intervening with nature is often frowned upon, but I adore these salamanders and had to rescue them. I relocated to a safe, ant-free spot a few feet away.<br />
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Habitat: Mixed forest<br />
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Habitat: Mixed forest<br />
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Eastern Newts (Red Efts) - Notophthalmus viridescens

I found 2 small newts tucked into some rotting wood. They were being attacked by ants, yet weren't running away or fighting back. The larger of the two (on top), was pretty lethargic. The one underneath was really tiny.

I know that intervening with nature is often frowned upon, but I adore these salamanders and had to rescue them. I relocated to a safe, ant-free spot a few feet away.

Habitat: Mixed forest

Eastern Newt (Red Eft) - Notophthalmus viridescens I found 2 small newts tucked into some rotting wood. They were being attacked by ants, yet weren't running away or fighting back. This one, which was the larger of the two, was pretty lethargic. I know that intervening with nature is often frowned upon, but I adore these salamanders and had to rescue them. I relocated to a safe, ant-free spot a few feet away.<br />
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Habitat: Mixed forest<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/81388/eastern_newts_red_efts_-_notophthalmus_viridescens.html Eastern newt,Geotagged,Notophthalmus viridescens,Salamander,Summer,United States,red eft

    comments (6)

  1. Well done! For what it's worth, I think it's a great intervention. Surely those ants aren't going to starve anyway. Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks! And, my thoughts exactly - the ants have plenty to eat. Posted 3 months ago
  2. Poor ones! I am happy that you helped them! Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks! They seemed a bit stunned. Hopefully they do okay. Posted 3 months ago
      1. Probably the formic acid released by the ants :-/ Posted 3 months ago
        1. Good point. The one on top sustained most of the bites and the smaller one underneath seemed okay. Intentional or not, the top one protected/blocked the tiny one underneath from the onslaught. Posted 3 months ago

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The eastern newt or red-spotted newt is a common salamander of eastern North America. Eastern newts dwell in wet forests with small lakes or ponds. They can coexist in an aquatic environment with small, non-carnivorous fish, however, their skin secretes a poisonous substance when the newt is threatened or injured. They have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years in the wild, and may grow to 5 inches in length. The newts are a common aquarium pet, being either collected from the wild or purchased. The strikingly.. more

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Uploaded Jul 5, 2019. Captured Jul 5, 2019 09:33 in 5 Old Middle St, Goshen, CT 06756, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/8.0
  • 1/128s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm